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Published: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 01:18:51 -0400

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The Futility of Force in Yemen

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:42:52 -0400

An escalation in U.S. counterterrorism strikes is unlikely to degrade the country’s al-Qaeda affiliate and a two-year-long Saudi-led air campaign is no closer to defeating Houthi rebels, says Ambassador Barbara Bodine.


Prevention Could Be Cure for a UN in Flux

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 09:39:55 -0500

In selecting António Guterres as the UN’s ninth secretary-general, member states endorsed a plan to breathe new life into the institution by refocusing its work on conflict prevention. Now in office, the question is whether they will work with him to do so, writes Megan Roberts in the International Peace Institute’s Global Observatory


Women’s Contributions to Peace and Security Processes

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:08:36 -0500

CFR's Women and Foreign Policy program and Center for Preventive Action co-convened a symposium to discuss how women improve security outcomes in conflict-prone areas.


The Politics of Historicide

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:27:22 -0500

Preserving and protecting the past—preventing historicide—is essential for those who want to ensure that today’s dangerous zealots do not succeed, writes CFR President Richard Haass


Freezing the Status Quo Will Help Bring Peace to Syria

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:57:36 -0500

Writing in the Financial Times, Philip Gordon argues that the Geneva talks on Syria must prioritize a ceasefire in place over more ambitious questions of constitutional reform and political transition.


Religious Freedom in the United States

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:00:22 -0500

John Gallagher shares perspectives on the Trump administration’s approach to religious freedom in the United States.


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Egypt’s Nightmare

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:45:22 -0500

The single-minded pursuit of the Muslim Brotherhood has become the guiding principle of Egypt’s foreign and domestic policies, writes CFR’s Steven A. Cook. These policies, however, are proving counterproductive and destabilizing to the lives of Egyptians as well as Gazans, Libyans, and Syrians.


The United Divided States: San Francisco Sues Donald Trump for Sanctuary Cities Order

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:46:03 -0500

Amidst the well-placed outrage over Trump’s Executive Order selectively banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries – including an array of critiqueslawsuits, and court decisions challenging its legality and wisdom – Trump’s Executive Order (EO) on Sanctuary Cities, which threatens to cut off federal funds to so-called “sanctuary cities,” has been somewhat overlooked.


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The Legal Fight Over Trump’s Authority

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:27:36 -0500

The battle over the Trump administration’s executive order on immigration raises weighty constitutional questions involving presidential power and the judiciary’s role in national security, explains expert Cristina Rodriguez.


Humanitarian Response to the Crisis in Syria

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:00:57 -0500

Neal Keny-Guyer discusses the humanitarian response to the crisis in Syria.


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How Does the U.S. Refugee System Work?

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 13:39:41 -0500

The United States has long accepted refugees from around the world, but President Donald J. Trump’s executive order on immigration has sparked debate over the national security implications of the U.S. refugee program.


False Dawn

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 15:43:39 -0500

A sweeping narrative account of the last five years in the Middle East and a timely argument of how and why the Arab uprisings failed.


A Peace Plan for Syria III

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 09:25:12 -0500

Philip Gordon, along with James Dobbins and Jeffrey Martini of RAND, presents a plan for de-escalation in Syria based on a national ceasefire, agreed zones of control backed by outside powers, and the international administration of Raqqa province.


Countering Religious Extremism: A Conversation with Michael B. Curry

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 14:26:21 -0500

Bishop Michael B. Curry reflects on his recent trip to Ghana and discusses the role religious communities can play in countering radicalization and violent extremism.


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The Pacifist Tradition in West African Islam

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:30:35 -0500

Lamin Sanneh discusses the origin and evolution of the Muslim pacifist tradition in West Africa highlighting Islam's role in fostering political moderation, religious tolerance, and social pluralism throughout the region.


Advancing Diplomatic Engagement with Religious Peacemakers

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:00:03 -0500

Joyce S. Dubensky and Azza Karam discuss the role of peacemakers in conflict resolution.


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Bolstering the UN Human Rights Council’s Effectiveness

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 13:27:44 -0500

U.S. leadership in the UNHRC can advance U.S. interests and lessen anti-Israel bias while supporting measures to avert and de-escalate human rights crises.


End-Times for Liberal Democracy?

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 11:10:59 -0500

The world has just experienced a watershed year for populist politics, with antiestablishment challengers winning elections and illiberal regimes modeling an alternative, says expert Yascha Mounk.


The Crisis Manager’s Cheat Sheet for 2017

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 10:45:12 -0500

It’s time to start setting priorities for the coming year of war and conflict, states Micah Zenko. 


Human Rights and Duterte’s War on Drugs

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 15:56:29 -0500

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs has led to thousands of extrajudicial killings, raising human rights concerns, says expert John Gershman in this interview.


What Are Turkey and Russia Doing in Syria?

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 12:24:21 -0500

CFR's Steven Cook meets with Cathy Gilsinan of The Atlantic to provide some background on the assassination of the Russian ambassador in Ankara.


'Responsibility to Protect?' Empty Words After Aleppo

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 16:54:12 -0500

"The duty to prevent and halt genocide and mass atrocities lies first and foremost with the State, but the international community has a role that cannot be blocked by the invocation of sovereignty."

The United Nations said that in 2005 about its "responsibility to protect." It's the concept that "if a State is manifestly failing to protect its populations, the international community must be prepared to take collective action to protect populations."

And here is what UN officials said this week when describing what is happening in Syria: "A complete meltdown of humanity in Aleppo."


Assad Victory Won't Stabilize Middle East

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 15:49:42 -0500

The Middle East will not find peace so long as President Bashar al-Assad rules over a truncated Syria, writes CFR’s Ray Takeyh. Assad’s victory over the rebels in Aleppo will not result in stability for the rest of the country or the region.


U.S.-Israel Relations

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 12:00:27 -0500

Robert D. Blackwill and Philip H. Gordon discuss what the U.S. and Israeli governments can do to reframe and revive the countries’ relationship.


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How to Support Democracy in the Arab World

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 16:32:26 -0500

The Arab world's stirring for political change in 2011 failed dramatically, but support for building democratic institutions still represents one of the region's best hopes for reform, writes CFR's Elliott Abrams.


CFR Survey Ranks Russia-NATO Confrontation and North Korea Crisis Among Top Potential Conflicts in 2017

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 06:30:49 -0500

A serious military confrontation between Russia and a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member state or a severe crisis in North Korea are among top international concerns for 2017 cited by a new survey of experts. The Council on Foreign Relations’ (CFR) ninth annual Preventive Priorities Survey identified seven top potential flashpoints for the United States in the year ahead.


Global Conflicts to Watch in 2017

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 13:07:58 -0500

The greatest unknown for U.S. interests in the world might be the United States itself, writes Uri Friedman at the Atlantic.


Confronting the Syrian Refugee Crisis: Putting Faith in Humanitarian Aid

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:01:20 -0500

Experts discuss the role faith-based organizations have taken during the refugee crisis and the challenges of aiding and resettling refugees in the United States and abroad.


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Preventive Priorities Survey: 2017

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:13:15 -0500

The Center for Preventive Action's annual Preventive Priorities Survey (PPS) evaluates ongoing and potential conflicts based on their likelihood of occurring in the coming year and their impact on U.S. interests. The PPS aims to help the U.S. policymaking community prioritize competing conflict prevention and mitigation demands.

View the accompanying online interactive: CPA's Global Conflict Tracker


How Trump Can Avoid His Predecessors’ Iran Mistakes

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:06:09 -0500

There are important lessons for the incoming Trump administration on Iran they can learn from their predecessors, argues CFR’s Ray Takeyh. They should recognize that the Islamic Republic is a unitary nation-state purged of reformers, that it is susceptible to a threat of force, and that Iran is not interested in normalizing relations with the United States.